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Unusual Year for Shark Encounters Continues

great white shark15 Tiger Sharks cruising off of the shores of the Big Island in Hawaii, an attack at Crouching Lion’s off of Oahu, New Smyrna’s pesky sharks nabbing two more ocean-goers to bring their 2008 shark-bite total to 21 in South Florida….The unusual year for shark encounters just keeps moving on.

Now to go along with the photograph of the Spinner Shark pulling an aerial in Smyrna this past July, a likely Great White Shark was captured cruising off of Ocean Beach, San Francisco not far behind a surfer who was in mid-form riding a wave. I first came across the photo on Surftherenow and it sent chills down my spine. Ocean Beach is notorious for being host to a large number of Whities, but the past month or so has seen an increase in the number of sightings and encounters than they are typically used to at the famed Nor-Cal break.

So what do all of these unusual encounters with the men in grey mean? Who really knows. The opinions from experts everywhere are varied. There’s definitely something out of the norm though as far as shark encounters go in 2008. California, Mexico, Hawaii, and Florida are clear examples of just that.


Posted by Shaun on Monday, September 15th, 2008 in Surfing.

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